Tourism Authority of Thailand receives over 1,000
complaints a year about fake jewelry purchases.
To avoid being a statistic, you must stay alert
to the warning signs of a swindle at work. Heeding
our warning could help you stave off unpleasent
surprises and make your vacation what it should
be - full of sparkle.
following are valuable pointers for your protection:
wary of any encounter that ends up requiring
in a gem shop. Most probably it is a scam.
gems or jewelry to resell at double or triple
the purchase prices is an impossible proposition
under any circumstances.
Buy jewelry only for personal satisfaction for
your own use or for loved ones.
price comparisons in various shops before deciding
to buy. Never be in a hurry.
mail sapphires or other precious stones. Carry
valuable items with you.
not believe special (jewelry) sales of any kind.
Reputable dealers hardly ever offer sales and
never send touts to lure tourists to their stores.
are no promotions, shows or special sales on
jewelry authorized by the government or any
official agencies at any time of the year.
government does not own, operate, subsidize,
or authorize any jewelry stores.
far as you can, take time to verify all claims.
Words, promises, personal guarantees, unchecked
documents, unauthorized verbal or written statements,
casual references, encounters and the like do
not constitute verification. Remember, you are
your own best protection.
Thai embassy, consulate or delegation abroad
is bound or responsible for refunding goods
that are bought in Thailand.
in doubt about a gem shop, check it with us at:
Tourism Authority of
Le Concorde Building
202 Ratchadapisek Road
Tel: (02) 694-1222 ext. 1090-1094